I am beginning to think I suffer from a mild form of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), because I really “come alive” this time of year. I’m not sure if it’s the warmer weather or if the first blossoms of spring give me a sudden energy boost, but every September I feel the sudden urge to potter about the garden, divide and move plants (I even have planting blisters!), refresh my vegetable garden and drink my morning cup of coffee in my outdoor swing chair. It’s a fantastic time of year – and I love seeing the rewards of all my hard work as flowers burst into bloom and previous “dead spots” in the garden come alive.
As you already know, I am on a mission to create memories and not THINGS, so every spare cent I have is being put towards saving for trips or buying seedlings. There is precious little left over for buying decor items (my previous go-to exercise when I was feeling a bit down) – which means I’ve had to get creative!
Here are a few of my favourite ideas I found on Pinterest:
I love this simple tutorial on how to transform terracotta pots into French-style planters:
I am quite besotted with old watering cans, and have a substantial collection which I’ve hung on our courtyard wall. Alternatively, you can group them together and use them as planters!
My father-in-law thinks I am completely
bonkers creative because I keep stealing his old ladders to add height to various spots in the garden. They form great displays for pots of flowers, are the perfect place to hang small spades and forks, and transform a blank wall within minutes!
I love the idea of using old crates as shelving – especially on a covered patio where the rain can’t undo all my hard work! They can then be used to house decor items, pots or even wine glasses during parties! Simply paint them in a co-ordinating colour and group them on a wall!
Have any old chairs lying around that have seen better days? Pop them in the garden with an enamel basin/ pot filled with spring flowers! The more weathered the chair becomes over the seasons, the better. Or pick up an old steel garden chair for next to nothing at a second hand store!
Another one of my favourite projects was turning an old wheelbarrow into a planter! You could fill it with hydrangeas (I am so stealing this idea), or wheel it into your veggie patch and fill it with lettuce seedlings!
Old gates can be used as a trellis for climbing roses or tomatoes/ beans! (Mine is outside our bedroom window as is used as a climbing frame for Sweetpeas.)
Just a few ideas to inspire you before the weekend! Enjoy!